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Book Title: The Palace of the White Skunks|
The author of the book: Reinaldo Arenas
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: August 1st 1993
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Reader ratings: 7.3
ISBN 13: 9780140097924
Format files: PDF
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La segunda novela que leo de Reinaldo Arenas (la primera siendo "Celestino antes del alba"), es también el segundo paso que doy de cinco para leer la "Pentagonía" completa, cinco novelas que cuentan, según palabras del autor, la historia secreta de Cuba.
"El palacio de las blanquísimas mofetas" extiende y termina de construir todo lo que comenzó en "Celestino antes del alba", y ambas lecturas son tan complementarias que me atrevería a decir que son obras paralelas, como si una hubiera sido la etapa larval de la otra.
El velo de inocencia del narrador en Celestino desaparece aquí. Fortunato y su familia no pueden escapar del palacio, que es, a la vez, el régimen, la guerra, la sociedad, las paredes que los rodean, la pestilencia y la podredumbre, la muerte. Cada página es un grito de ansiedad y de liberación.
Me da mucha curiosidad ver qué rumbo toma la "Pentagonía", Arenas no parece haber terminado de sorprenderme.
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Read information about the authorArenas was born in the countryside, in the northern part of the Province of Oriente, Cuba, and later moved to the city of Holguín. In 1963, he moved to Havana to enroll in the School of Planification and, later, in the Faculty of Letters at the Universidad de La Habana, where he studied philosophy and literature without completing a degree. The following year, he began working at the Biblioteca Nacional José Martí. While there, his talent was noticed and he was awarded prizes at Cirilo Villaverde National Competition held by UNEAC (National Union of Cuban Writers and Artists). His Hallucinations was awarded "first Honorable Mention" in 1966 although, as the judges could find no better entry, no First Prize was awarded that year.
His writings and openly gay lifestyle were, by 1967, bringing him into conflict with the Communist government. He left the Biblioteca Nacional and became an editor for the Cuban Book Institute until 1968. From 1968 to 1974 he was a journalist and editor for the literary magazine La Gaceta de Cuba. In 1973, he was sent to prison after being charged and convicted of 'ideological deviation' and for publishing abroad without official consent. He escaped from prison and tried to leave Cuba by launching himself from the shore on a tire inner tube. The attempt failed and he was rearrested near Lenin Park and imprisoned at the notorious El Morro Castle alongside murderers and rapists. He survived by helping the inmates to write letters to wives and lovers. He was able to collect enough paper this way to continue his writing. However, his attempts to smuggle his work out of prison were discovered and he was severely punished. Threatened with death, he was forced to renounce his work and was released in 1976. In 1980, as part of the Mariel Boatlift, he fled to the United States. He came on the boat San Lazaro captained by Cuban immigrant Roberto Aguero.
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